Adult Education at the Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area

Adult Education

The CP Center offers a wide variety of adult learning classes designed to teach and expand functional academic skills in math, reading, socialization, and current events.  We also provide recreation and leisure activities in a safe and nurturing environment, and give participants an opportunity to learn constructive use of these activities, as well as appropriate social interactions and responsible citizenship.


Class content is designed to prepare participants to function independently and productively as family members, citizens, and co-workers. Participants increase their opportunities to enjoy fulfilling personal lives through enhanced self-awareness, self-confidence, socially responsible behavior, and strong interpersonal decision-making and communication skills.

Artistic and Educational Activities

Artistic & Educational ActivitiesThis class is divided into two groups. The first group takes concepts in art and explores them, through discussion as well as hands-on creative processes. The second group learns number/letter recognition, spelling, vocabulary and math skills using educational games.

Basic Life Skills

Fundamental learning and basic skills are taught as the foundation for further knowledge acquisition in a positive and interactive learning format. Class curriculum is focused on the development of proficiencies needed for individuals to function independently in their everyday lives. Skills covered include: telling time, reading calendars, monetary value recognition and use, environmental and safety signs, and problem solving.

Basic Science

Basic ScienceParticipants will explore fundamental science concepts such as: temperature, weight, gravity, the solar system, the weather, and speed, with simple experiments.

Creative Expression/Ceramics

Participants will expand their creativeness by using different media of their choice to create poems, stories, plays, and artwork. They will work both individually or as a group. Also, once a month the class will work on creating ceramics.
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Current Events

Current EventsThis is a participant driven approach in keeping up-to-date with events, news, and problems in the world today through reading and expressive communication.

Disability History and Advocacy

Participants learn the history of how disability has been viewed in various cultures around the world. It is through this lens that the disability advocacy movement in the United Stated is studied. News articles, documentaries, and other media are read and used in studying disability from cultural, social, and anthropological standpoints. Participants bring their own experiences and feelings to the table in discussions that range from public perception of disability to the medical model of disability.

Educational Games

Educational GamesThis class will focus on teaching basic concepts through educational games. The class covers counting money, making change, spelling, vocabulary, and math skills. The participants will have the opportunity to work in teams or individually, depending on the activity for that day. Device use will be encouraged during each game.

Fundamental Reading

Participants will work on various reading concepts: oral language and listening skills, letter sounds, pronunciation of words, sounding out words. Participants will also work on more advanced concepts such as reading comprehension. Character identification and parts of a story will be discussed. Peer mentoring is encouraged.

Fundamental Skills

Participants will learn to understand cause and effect concepts, identifying, matching and sorting of colors, pictures, symbols, letters, numbers, signs, and sounds.
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Global Ecology I

This class will focus on helping participants learn about the world around them. They will study different animals and their environments, global changes, how nature is affected by the actions of humans and by natural events such as droughts. The class will discuss ways that humans can positively affect the environment. Participants will be encouraged to bring articles that they would like to discuss in class, as well as to suggest topics of interest. This class will be geared to encourage discussion and the ability to answer comprehension questions about the class topic.

Global Ecology II

Participants choose eco-systems to explore, including their climates, life forms, and topographies. While learning about the unique circumstances under which these places exist, they also study how these places are constantly changing


Growing VegetablesParticipants will learn the science and art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants.

Independent Living Skills

Through the enhancement of self-awareness, participants learn to lead a more independent, self-directed, and personally fulfilling life. Focus is to enhance skills in the areas of: finances, household management, personal needs, family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibilities, and leisure activities. Participants will also develop mechanisms for managing everyday situations that are a direct result of having a disability, and ways to build a positive self-image.

Literacy and Phonics

This is a basic class in beginning reading concepts and skills. Participants study the alphabet by learning letter recognition with the corresponding sounds, practice written letter formation/finding letters on electronic devices, and answer reading comprehension questions to stories read aloud.
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Logical Thinking

Combining concepts of advocacy, math, and social skills, participants will enhance their understanding of real life situations and improve their problem solving skills. Role playing will be used as a guide to mimic real life situations and how to resolve them.

Math – Advanced

Participants will demonstrate their knowledge by performing mathematical equations of three or more digits. They will work on percentages, fractions, averages, and probability. The concepts of multiplication and division will also be introduced.

Math – Basic

Basic MathParticipants will strengthen basic addition, subtraction, and problem solving skills. They will learn the basics of keyboarding and data entry on computers and other electronic devices. Participants will also learn the basic concepts of money, time, temperature, number value, and order. We also work on identifying numbers up to 100.

Men’s Group

The primary focus of this all male discussion group is for participants to master skills in interpersonal relationship building with friends, family members, and co-workers. Participants are guided in how to successfully deal with issues of a personal nature, and develop more effective coping mechanisms for everyday situations.


Music ClassThis class will help participants explore and understand new and familiar music. Class discussions will be focused on these different types of music and instrumentation. Music will be composed using adaptive technology and electro-acoustic instruments.
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Self-Selected Reading (Advanced)

Participants choose a wide range of books and/or news articles of interest to read in class, followed by a group discussion. Key points of the story are addressed, main characters identified. The point of the class is to expand reading skills with a stress on comprehension.

Social Activities

Class features activities in a relaxed atmosphere, with an emphasis on socializing. The choices of activities includes: jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, free-form or pre-printed artwork, beading, and computerized games led by an instructor.


This class covers any and all aspects of sports: the rules of games, the importance of sports in society, the business of sports, and current events in sports.

Women’s Group

Led by a trained counselor, the primary focus of this all female discussion group is for participants to master skills in interpersonal relationship building with friends, family members, and co-workers. Participants are guided in how to successfully deal with issues of a personal nature and develop more effective coping mechanisms for everyday situations.

World Cultures

World CulturesParticipants learn about countries around the world and compare them to the USA, most particularly, California. The emphasis is on studying culture, demographics, topography, and the history of peoples, to understand how the melting pot that is California impacts who we have become. Many of the countries studied are ones that the participants’ families have come from, giving them an opportunity to share their culture with the group. In addition, many participants research aspects of these chosen countries to share in class.
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